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Dive Review of Bilikiki Cruises in
Solomon Islands

Bilikiki Cruises: "Incredible diving on a fantastic boat : expensive but worth it!", Oct, 2016,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9495 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport HONIARA Getting There Expensive flights via Australia; cheap ones via Fiji.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Encouraged safe diving by planning dives at normal recreational depths; no explicit time limit other than peer pressure to keep things in the 60-70 minute range just to keep boat on schedule.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Cameras very pampered: a battery/charge room upstairs, plenty of tables and special camera towels ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I waited a while to write this report to make sure that it wasn't "just dived shine" for our trip on the Bilikiki, and... it isn't. This truly is some of the best diving in the world, off a great boat with a talented and helpful crew.

Bilikiki is run using a normal liveaboard schedule: up early, four dives a day punctuated by meals and snacks, followed by a nite dive if you want it. Boat operation was very smooth. On Day 1, you are assigned a spot and a tank (which is refilled via a whip, so no changing tanks unless you want to). The dive deck is not crowded---we had a space between each of us. A large camera table in the center, along with rinse tanks, catered to the many photographers.

Each dive followed a similar pattern. Briefing (with accom ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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